3 Weight Loss Retreats 2019

FitFarms Movement ExerciseTomorrow is the start of the third from last weight loss and fitness retreat and we are up in the beautiful Peak District.

This year we have ran more weight loss retreats in the Derbyshire site than any of our other venues which is simply down to customer choice. It’s not surprising as recently I found out that Derbyshire is the second most visited county after Cornwall. There are some stunning villages and towns in Derbyshire steeped with history including places which we visit on the weight loss retreat like Matlock, Wirksworth and Ashbourne on the way to the Carsington reservoir walk.

Walks maybe one of the reasons why the FitFarms Derbyshire weight loss retreat is so popular as we also have the Chatsworth house walk. This walk leaves from the pretty country cottages and winds through a forest up onto a pretty Derbyshire B road. The road gradually descends onto an off road track which goes through some breathtaking countryside and working Derbyshire farms. Once walkers come to the end of the track they enter the Chatsworth Estate. Then there is a flat river walk which takes the walkers over a little hump back bridge and into the House where a healthy packed lunch awaits them.

On 8th November FitFarms will be running the last 2019 weight loss and fitness retreat in Norfolk. The Norfolk retreat is very rural and has the added benefit of the Holkham Beach walk. This walk starts off at the National trust property Holkham Hall and goes straight down onto the extremely wide Norfolk beach. The walk goes along the beach to the seaside town of Wells and then back through an ancient forest to Holkham Hall.

The final course of the year is back in Derbyshire where the highlight of the course is the Healthy Christmas Lunch.



Full Fat Yoghurt at Weight Loss Retreat

400g-SU-yoghurt-On many of the FitFarm weight loss retreat and fitness programmes we get asked why we use full fat yoghurt instead of the reduced fat yoghurt.

The main reason is that when you take a substance out of a product you have to add a product and the added product is not a natural product so you end up having food which is not as nutritionally good for you. Full fat will also fill you up so you do not need to eat as much and it slows down the release of sugars into your bloodstream which stops you from overeating. If you are a calorie counter you will ultimately eat less calories during the day because you will feel fuller than if you were eating the processed less nutrient product.


The great thing about yoghurt is that it’s easy to make and full of nutrients. We’ve tried most of the major supermarket models and these are we what found were best for that full fat filling up feeling

Tesco, Lidl, Waitrose and Sainsburys. If you are feeling a little more flush “Straight Up” is extremely good. You’ll find this in Waitrose and some of the more high end stores like Selfridges and also in Farmers Markets.

The different ways we serve Full Fat Yoghurt at the weight loss and fitness retreat

Sprinkle of mixed seeds great for adding extra protein and healthy fat.

Sprinkle of nuts for the same nutritional value as the seeds.

Any type of berry as they are packed full of antioxidants  and they are great sources of fibre.

Weight loss retreat meat balls

BakedJuicyBeefMeatballswithRoastedSweetPotatoandBroccoli888028Lean beef meat balls in a tomato basil sauce served with roasted broccoli

This high in protein dish is a winter favourite and the roasted broccoli with Cornish rock salt makes a great vegetable side dish. It’s extremely easy to make and makes for a good family dish.


500grams of lean beef mince

400grams of tin tomatoes

6 tbs of olive oil

2 brown onions

2 garlic cloves

2 handfuls of basil

1 tbs of dried mixed herbs

500 ml of fresh beef stock

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 x Broccoli


Cooking Method

Cook off the onions and garlic in olive oil.

Then add the herbs, tomatoes and beef stock and bring to a simmer.

To prepare the meat balls mix the garlic, dried herbs, salt and pepper.

Wet your hands and roll the mixture into balls.

Next brown of the meat balls and then add them to the sauce and cook in 180 degree oven for 40 minutes.


Roasted broccoli 

Cut the broccoli into medium size pieces.

Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with the Cornish rock salt.

Place in the oven at 150 degrees.

Serve the meat balls and sauce next to the broccoli and garnish with basil.

Weight loss retreat cod with vine tomatoes

merlin_151791966_abb05c69-bdb1-46ee-9bf3-92205387ec0c-articleLargeThe Friday Dinner at FitFarms Weight loss retreat is fresh cod served with cherry tomatoes and a homemade pesto sauce.

Ingredients per person

250 grams of Atlantic cod

10 Vine Cherry Tomatoes

2 Handfuls of kale


Pesto Sauce

1 cup of basil leaves

4 cloves of peeled garlic

2 tablespoons of pine nuts

2 tablespoons of walnuts

1/3 cup of grated parmesan

1/3 cup of good quality virgin olive oil

Cornish rock salt and ground black pepper to season


Pesto Sauce

Put the basil, garlic, pine nuts, walnuts, and parmesan into a food processor and blend together.

Drizzle the olive oil and season until you have the correct thickness and taste.

Place into a fridge overnight


Place the cod and vine tomatoes onto tin foil and make into a parcel season with salt and pepper and put into a 180 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Whilst this is cooking steam the kale.

Make a bed of kale on a plate, place the cod and cherry tomatoes on the top. Finally drizzle the pesto sauce over the cod.



FitFarms Weight loss boot camp Power Balls

Traditional weight loss boot camp and fat camp foodpeanut-butter-power-balls-4 made tasty by FitFarms.

Recipe 1 Peanut based power balls

This is a favourite at our holistic weight loss boot camps because they are tasty to snack on and nutrient dense.

We like to use it at FitFarms because its a low carbohydrate food has good amounts of protein and healthy fats. It’s also high in magnesium which is good for people who have diabetes.

Ingredients for 10 power balls 

4 tablespoons of good quality peanut butter

2 teaspoons of honey

10 tablespoons of Goji berries (they are packed full of minerals and vitamins plus they are good for blood sugar levels)

10 tablespoons of mixed nuts


Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend together.

Wet your hands so the mixture does not stick to your hands and make into 10 balls.

They are ready to eat straight away!



Weight Loss Retreat Lamb Koftas Minted Yoghurt

kofta-kebabs-cookery-schoolThis is one of the FitFarms Weight Loss Retreats Most Popular Nutrition Dishes!

Lamb Kofta Ingredients 

250grams of lean lamb cubed

1 small onion

1 garlic clove

4 sprigs of mint

Handful of coriander

1 fresh chilli


Minted Yoghurt Ingredients

3 tbsp greek yoghurt

2 sprigs of fresh mint

Pinch of ground turmeric



Weight Loss Retreat Kofta and Mint Sauce Cooking Method 

Mix together all the ingredients for the minted yoghurt and set to one side.

Chop the onion and garlic and blend together with the coriander and sprigs of mint.

Then add all the ingredients into a mixer bowl and blend together.

With your hands roll into sausages and push them onto skewers.

Place in the oven at 180 degrees for 30 minutes.

Take them out from the oven and serve with a good quality wholemeal flat bread, lemon  and the minted yoghurt.

Derbyshire Weight Loss Retreat October

darwin lakeThe FitFarms Derbyshire weight loss retreat started on 27th September and despite the rainy weather it was one of the most positive weeks that FitFarms has had over the Summer and Autumn period. There were weight losses of up to 10lbs with the average being approximately 6lbs. Here at FitFarms though we concentrate mostly on lifestyle change so the weight loss is sustainable over a long period of time. One of the many ways we get achieve this is by introducing the 80 / 20 percentage rule to our customers. This equates to be healthy 80 percent of the time and a little bit more relaxed for the other 20 percent. The 80 percent is often Monday to Friday and the 20 percent over the weekend. However what is very important to remember is that we are humans and there will be errors so you need to have some flexibility on the 80 / 20. If your weekend goes over to Monday you just need to reign in a little bit the following weekend just to re address the balance.

The other workshops we covered on this course was Louise’s very popular “Barriers to Exercise” and the Nutrition workshops were we now split into three groups. On the last day we introduced a quiz just to recap on the areas that were covered during the course.

The food which is always a highlight on the courses was conjured up by our Manchester chef Dean. There were some fantastic snacks covering a healthy chocolate mousse to power balls made with peanut butter, nuts, seeds and dried fruit which was the ultimate favourite at the end of the week. The science behind the nutrition programme is balancing blood sugar levels and portion control. We tend to not talk too much about calories as people can become a little overly occupied by calorie counting which is not mentally healthy especially as there are good and bad calories so it’s not just as simple as how many.

The next Derbyshire course we run starts on 18th October and we have two spaces available.


FitFarms Retreat Spain New Venue

villa 2FitFarms Spain has now been running for 7 years and is extremely popular with returning and new guests. The new site will open on Friday 6th March 2020 and the airport where we collect from is Barcelona.

For full details of the new venue just click here FitFarms Weight loss and Fitness Camp Spain

We started the Spain weight loss and fitness retreats because we had a lot of guests asking for it after they had finished their UK weight loss and fitness retreat programme and understandably because what could be more enjoyable than going through a fun, action packed and challenging programme in the wonderful Spanish weather.

We believe the Spain weight loss and fitness retreat new site is going to be the most popular of all our sites. The main reason for this is the beautiful surrounding country and only be a few minutes drive to the stunning Ginora coastline which hosts some of the best beaches in the Costa Brava region.

The Spain Fitness camp programme always has one sightseeing trip which is mixed in with a famous national walk. The sightseeing trip is going to be Barcelona with the outstanding Gaudi Architecture and before we will be taking the group on a walk with breathtaking scenery where the coastal pine woodland meets the sea.

The accommodation has a real wow factor as it’s set in 200 acres of farmland with stunning countryside scenery. The rooms are large with en suite facilities and the furnishings are neutral with a farmhouse contemporary feel. We will be using the lawned grounds for outdoor activities such as retro sports day and team games which are always fun and challenging.

The first dates are 6th March for the 7 nights retreat and the 8th March for the 5 night retreat and the collection meeting point is Sixt Car Rental hire in the arrivals hall.


Weight Loss Retreat Jerk Chicken

This is one of our weight loss retreat classic dishes which we have on every week. The chicken is a complete protein and we serve it with Kale instead of the traditional Caribbean way which is served with rice and peas. The reason for this is that kale contains a lot of fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, Iron, and vitamin K.


chickenFitFarms Weight loss retreat Jerk Chicken Ingredients 

12 chicken thighs with the bone on

1 whole lime halved

FitFarms Weight loss retreat Marinade ingredients 

TBSP ground all spice

3 TBSP of good quality honey

2 TBSP of Coconut or Olive oil

2 TBSP Soy sauce

1 Lime juice

1 TSP of dried thyme

3 scotch bonnet chillies. Remember to take the seeds out to decrease the hip.

1 small onion

3 garlic cloves

Roughly chopped ginger about a thumb size

Spring onions large bunch roughly chopped

1 large bag of kale


First of all Dean the FitFarms weight loss retreat chef makes the marinade by putting the spring onions, ginger, onion, chillies, thyme, lime juice, soy sauce, oil, honey and all spice in a food processor and makes a paste.

Then Dean makes a few slashes in the chicken and rubs in the marinade. This is then sealed and left at the top of the fridge overnight.

The next day they are taken out of the fridge and put into an oven at 180 degrees for 45 minutes.

When the chicken is cooking take a large bowl and put a little bit of water and butter in it and bring to the boil. Then add the kale and put a lid on the pot. Let is cook for 7 minutes then toss it so the butter mixes in with the kale.

Put a healthy serving of kale on a plate and place 2 pieces of jerk chicken on the top.


Weight Loss and Fitness Retreat Derbyshire

73857706-1a14-4ec9-9c04-804dd469264eThe FitFarms Derbyshire weight loss and fitness retreat was one of the most successful weeks we had leaving a real buzz among the customers that joined us at the Matlock fitness retreat. The course started on the 16th August and completed on 23rd August and as per usual we ran courses starting from 2 nights and going up to and including 7 nights.

This weight loss and fitness camp was very different towards the end of the programme. Those who have joined us before will probably remember that we usually finish the week with a walk down to a local leisure centre giving customers the opportunity to take part in Badminton and swimming. The main reason for the trip to the local leisure centre is to build confidence so when people go home they will feel comfortable in using the local facilities in their area. This week we changed the fitness schedule so the leisure centre trip was on the Wednesday and the finale to the week was a traditional retro school sports day.

The Sports Day was fantastic covering all the old style school sports day exercises like egg and spoon race, the sack race, team relays, throwing compettion and tug of war. There were four teams red, yellow, green and blue and the games were competitive with an undertone of laughter.

Earlier in the week the weight loss retreat programme had a lot more team building exercises which bonded the group together making the course in general more fun and upbeat. Hula Hooping was the highlight! Trying to pass hula hoops around a joined circle of people was great fun and enjoyed by everyone. Hula Hooping does sound just a bit of fun but with weighted hula hoops it proves to be a great aerobic exercise and is also a good core workout.  Weighted Hula hoops can be bought online amazon and type in weighted fitness hula hoops.